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shiannesews:

Home/apartment inspiration. Original source, Canterbury Cathedral.

shiannesews:

Home/apartment inspiration. Original source, Canterbury Cathedral.

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yeshecholwa:

Macocha Gorge, Czech Republic

yeshecholwa:

Macocha Gorge, Czech Republic

(Source: gyclli, via morganathewitch)

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clavicle-moundshroud:

Dried roses, candles, and various brews.

clavicle-moundshroud:

Dried roses, candles, and various brews.

(via calantheandthenightingale)

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jaded-mandarin:

Marten van Valckenborch the Elder. Detail from The Tower of Babel, 1595.

jaded-mandarin:

Marten van Valckenborch the Elder. Detail from The Tower of Babel, 1595.

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ancientart:

The Bhaja Caves of Maharashtra, India.

Bhaja contains about 29 rock-cut caves, which date back to the 2nd century BCE, and is described by the Archaeological Survey of India to be “one of the important Buddhist centres of Hinayana faith in Maharashtra.” 

A prominent features of Bhaja is Cave 12, a chaitya-griha, pictured in the final photo, which is considered one of the earliest of its kind. The stupa at the back of the large apsidal hall was used for worship. Cave 20 contains a group of stupas, which were built in memory of deceased monks, and probably once contained their relics.

Cave 18 was a monastery, and its verandah contains two famous sculpted reliefs. One of these (pictured in the 2nd photo) is located to the left of the door. This artwork depicts a person riding an elephant (thought by some to be Indra) who carries an ankusa (elephant goad), with attendants aside the figure, carrying a banner. The second relief shows a royal personage aside two women. The royal figure (who some identify as Sun god Surya), rides a chariot driven by four horses, and appears to be trampling a demon-like figure.

Photos courtesy of & taken by Himanshu Sarpotdar. The write-up of the site done by the Archaeological Survey of India was of great reference to me when writing this post.

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cool-critters:

Chorinea sylphina

The Sylphina Angel is a species of butterfly of the Riodinidae family. It is found in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. It has transparent wings.Adults fly in full sunshine, but occasionally settle beneath the leaves of bushes.photo credits: Adrian Hoskins, Ssola

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